Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Was He or Wasn't He?

UPDATED BELOW
From this afternoon's late addition to the New York Times:
"At a news conference in West Palm Beach, Fla., late Monday, Mr. Foley’s lawyer, David Roth, said that Mr. Foley had sent the inappropriate e-mail messages while under the influence of alcohol and that he had kept his drinking problem secret.

"A former aide and other associates said in interviews that they did not believe Mr. Foley had a drinking problem."
Was he or wasn't he a drunk? Maybe the Pensacola News Journal staff can tell us.

Of course, this entire business is of interest only if you're the sort of ninny who believes that alcoholism excuses any and all deviate behavior. Digby seems to have doubts about that:
"What a relief. At first, I thought Mark Foley might be a pedophile preying on young boys. Fortunately, I've learned that he's an admitted substance abuser who might be a pedophile preying on young boys. Whew! That makes it more tolerable."
UPDATE
Oct 3 pm
ABC Television continues to stay ahead of the news curve: "New Foley Instant Messages; Had Internet Sex While Awaiting House Vote"

FURTHER UPDATE
Oct 3 pm
The incomparable Jane Hamsher at Firedog Lake has plowed through some 50-plus new emails and text messages now in hand at ABC Television to discover that ex-congressman Foley's sex-talk with one page was occurring during a House vote "on HR 1559, Emergency War Time supplemental appropriations."

Bejeebus! Can it get any worse than this? Sadly, yes, it can and it will.

MORE UPDATE
Oct. 3 pm
Foley's lawyer, David Roth, gave a late-afternoon press conference today claiming that ex-congressman Foley "'asked' that the media be told that he was molested by a clergyman when between the ages of 13 and 15."

What almost all of the news reports omit to mention is that, according to Roth, Foley's "civil counsel" (i.e. lawyer) asked that Foley not name the 'clergyman' or 'denomination' until he's released from rehab. To learn that, you have to watch the podcast here.

Get it? Foley has two lawyers -- one for the criminal charges sure to be coming, and another for the "civil" suit he plans to file against some 'clergyman' and a church to be named later.

So that's the latest line: Foley is the victim, here. So, give him more money.

1 comment:

Ramey said...

THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!! How can any politician be standing there in Congress waiting to vote money for equipment for our troops while he is having SEX with PRIVILEGED LITTLE RICH KIDS???